Topic Archives: Chocolate

Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin, a bottle potential

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin looks to join the brewery’s “enhanced’ bottle lineup in the near future. That’s a term for the expanding line of core beers that have an extra ingredient, like grapefruit, thai chili, or pineapple.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin takes the brewery’s year-round Black Marlin Porter, and infuses coffee and chocolate. Dessert or breakfast beer. Your choice.

Our Black Marlin Porter is the perfect beer for a mocha mashup. The addition of the coffee and cocoa plays perfectly off the roast, chocolatey flavors of this English porter, while a hint of vanilla smooths it all out. It’s full-bodied, but not too sweet; try it for breakfast…or dessert.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin has been available on draft in the past. The brewery has not yet announced this bottle release.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee. Chocolate.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: TBA

6% ABV

Posted in Avery Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Avery Xolotl, Barrel Aged Series #37

Avery Xolotl

Avery Xolotl looks to the 37th entry in the brewery’s on going Barrel-Aged Series.

Many of the releases prior to Avery Xolotl are barrel-aged wild ales. This edition is a bourbon aged imperial stout with a spicy twist. The 11.4% imperial stout is brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon, plus Pasilla, Ancho, and Chipotle chilies (including red, brown, and black.)

No 37. Clocks and spelling may not be your forte Thoma, but fortunately for everyone, blending a menagerie of wonderfully wacky ingredients is! Who cares about time or first name spellings anyhow?

Avery Xolotl will be a 12 ounce bottle offering. According to the label, bottling will occur in May, 2016.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Chilies. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Release: TBA

11.4% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven Civilization bottled

Wild Heaven Civilization bottles

Wild Heaven Civilization, the brewery’s barleywine, has been bottled for the first time.

The Avondale Estates, Georgia based brewery has had Civilization on tap intermittently for quite some time now. A barrel-aged edition (Height of Civilization) was one of the first big bottles the brewery released.

Wild Heaven Civilization is brewed with a crazy list of ingredients, including cherries, cranberries, dried Prussian lemons, Iranian hibiscus, and cocoa nibs.  Boozy barleywines, meet fun complexity.

We we asked Sarah Young, Wild Heaven’s Director of Sales what she thought of the new bottles, she told us – It’s f’ing good though, I forgot how yumz it is. 

Wild Heaven Civilization is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering.

Style: Barleywine (w/ Cherries, Cranberries, Lemons, Hibiscus, Cocoa Nibs.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Bottle Release: Late March, 2016

12% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Schlafly Brewing

Schlafly Double Bean Blonde, with coffee & chocolate

Schlafly Double Bean Blonde

Schlafly Double Bean Blonde is now available from the Saint Louis, Missouri based brewery.

This new specialty release takes a blonde ale and resting it on cocoa nibs from Ghana. In the final stages of brewing, the beer is infused with cold coffee. The result is beer nice a pleasant chocolate favor, and strong coffee nose.

“The golden ale really acts as a canvas on which the coffee and chocolate flavors can perform. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take risks with our beer, especially when we have access to such great partners like Kaldi’s Coffee. – Steven Hale, Schlafly brewer”

Schlafly Double Bean Blonde is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.

Style: Blonde Ale (w/ Coffee, Chocolate.)
Hops: Marynka
Malts: Carapils, Pale

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Release: Mid-March, 2016

6.3% ABV, 25 IBUs

Image: Spencer Pernikoff

Posted in Don't Miss This, Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada introduces Ovila Mix Packs

Sierra Nevada Ovila Mix Packs

The Sierra Nevada monastic collaborative series, “Ovila” will soon have a mixed pack for it’s fans this month.

A collaboration with California based Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Ales is a modern take on Belgian-style abbey ales. When possible, the beers feature ingredients grown and harvests on the monks’ 600 acre working farm.

Instead of releasing a bottle one at a time throughout 2016, the brewery is releasing all three in a mixed pack. Each box features three different 750 milliliter bottles of Ovila.  The styles include:

  • Ovila Quad with Cherries
  • Ovila Brown with Mandarin & Cocoa
  • Ovila Saison with Sage

The Sierra Nevada Ovila Mixed Pack is available across the United States while supplies last.

Sierra Nevada Ovila bottles

Posted in 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, New Releases

5 Rabbit Cacao Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout hits bottles

5 Rabbit Cacao Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout

5 Rabbit Cacao Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout is not available in bottles and draft.

Inspired by one of the Chicago, Illinois based brewery’s favorite hot drink – Mexican hot chocolate, the beer is brewed with cacao nibs, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, chilies and other spices.

If you grew up in Latin America or a Latino household you know that “chocolate caliente” is a huge part of our culture and a hot cup is one of our most comforting foods.

5 Rabbit Cacao Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout is a 750 milliliter bottles and draft offering.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chilies, Pumpkin Seeds, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Mamey Pit)
Availability: 750ml  Bottles, Draft.
Release: March, 2016

9.7% ABV

Posted in Headlines, Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Chocolate Chili Stout coming to High Altitude Series

Sierra Nevada Chocolate Chili Stout

Sierra Nevada Chocolate Chili Stout is a new big bottle potential from one of America’s most popular breweries.

While Sierra Nevada’s skill is in pale ales and India pale ales, recently they have been showing off their creativity with releases like Otra Vez. Future additions to their High Altitude Series will take that creativity even further, with the imperial stout with cocoa nibs and chilies you see above.

By their very nature, imperial stouts are bold beers. This version takes another step toward the dark side with the use of spicy and aromatic dried chilies and rich cocoa nibs for a complex and intense kick. It features notes of coffee, baker’s cocoa, and dark fruit and a slight twinge of heat.

Sierra Nevada Chocolate Chili Stout will be a 24 ounce bottle offering. If initial rumors prove true, this stout will be a part of a 4-pack of 24 ounce bottles, each a different style. 

The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Chilies.)
Availability: 24oz Bottles
Release: TBA

8.8% ABV